Electrochemical Polymer Precursor Generation (EPPG)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$996,388.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DE-FG02-11ER90068
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
96923
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
23 c
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000676
Small Business Information
160 Oak Street, Unit 412, Glastonbury, 06033-2336
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
795426746
Principal Investigator:
Trent Molter
Dr.
(860) 652-9690
trent.molter@sustainableinnov.com
Business Contact:
Trent Molter
Dr.
(860) 652-9690
trent.molter@sustainableinnov.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Continued global dependence on fossil fuels and concomitant release of CO2 has driven a societal push to mitigate CO2 emissions, largely through various means of sequestration. But implementation of carbon sequestration costs money and there are still unresolved environmental concerns, therefore, other approaches to mitigating net CO2 production and release are required. In an ideal model, emitted CO2 could be used as a feedstock for producing solid products and chemicals, which are inherently stable for long periods of time and can be continually recycled without significant CO2 emissions. The intrinsic value of these products, combined with a low cost way of producing them transforms the economic equation such that a societal problem becomes an opportunity. This project focuses on the development of an Electrochemical Polymer Precursor Generation (EPPG) system that will efficiently generate carboxylic acids which serve as precursors to polymer synthesis. When integrated with clean electricity sources such as renewables, this system can cost effectively transform waste CO2 molecules into valuable products at the industrial scale. Phase I is focused on the development of the fundamental process technology while Phase II is devoted to integration of this technology into a viable system package. In Phase I the fundamental process to convert CO2 to polymer precursors was validated using laboratory hardware. Laboratory tests provided critical parametric data that permitted a techno-economic evaluation of a large-scale concept and showed that 100% conversion efficiency was achievable. Phase II will build upon the success of Phase I by scaling the electrochemical cell hardware and optimizing operating conditions to assure high efficiency, long-term operation. A fully integrated system package having the capability of producing 1 kg/dy of carboxylic acids will be built and tested in this program. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Development of an EPPG system provides a means of effectively transforming waste CO2 into useful commodity chemicals used in the manufacture of durable goods. By generating the precursors for synthesis of polymers and other products, it reduces our need for hydrocarbon resources.

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